Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

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    Chasing Trains - On The Road To Palmer Diamond 2. Earlier this week, I took a day trip to Palmer, MA, where CSX intersects with NECR. Below are three more road shots taken on the way there. All were shot with the new RX100vii pocket camera.

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    More to follow on this day trip when I get them converted. I just got home from my annual spring pilgrimage to the haunted Hoosac tunnel. The new pocket cam got a workout today, taking over 200 pictures.
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    Chasing Trains - On The Road To Palmer Diamond 3. Earlier this week, I took a day trip to Palmer, MA, where CSX intersects with NECR. Below are the final road shots taken on the way there. All were shot with the new RX100vii pocket camera.

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    Going through Brimfield, above and on the road to Palmer below.

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    The Palmer station is at the end of the street below, down the hill.

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    At the station.

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    More to follow (i.e., trains).
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    Chasing Trains - On The Road To Palmer Diamond 4: After getting off the bike, I walked back behind the station to the diamond and, voila, I find an NECR unit idling back there.

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    Walking closer to the diamond and looking back, there were two units idling.

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    That was enough for me to hang around for a while. More to follow.
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    Chasing Trains - On The Road To Palmer Diamond 5: Seeing that the two NECR units were idling short of the diamond, there was another unit approaching from the opposite directing on a siding. The blue color suggest it was a Mass Central locomotive.

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    More trains to follow.
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    Chasing Trains - On The Road To Palmer Diamond 6: It became clear that Mass Central was shunting cars onto CSX.

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    Chasing Trains - Palmer Diamond 7: The NECR engineer climbed down and went to a call box and then walked back and climbed up tot he cab. I assumed he was asking permission to cross the CSX track.

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    Once back in the cab, the two NECR units started across the diamond.

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    More to follow.
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - KC97

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    Addenda & Errata: A nice lake scene taken on today's ride,

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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - General Dynamics NF-16

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    Edit Note: This plane is currently listed as being no longer on display.
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    Chasing Trains - Palmer Diamond 8: NECR finally crosses the diamond and then proceeds to sit there, blocking the CSX line. Now I understand what's going on. He's switching cars back down the line.

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    Meanwhile, the MC consist moves on down the CSX siding.

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    Train Fix Pics: NECR 2151 by station.

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    Train Fix Pics: MC 1750 Helper

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    Train Fix Pics: Station view of CSX mainline.

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    Train Fix Pics: Station view of helper backtracking.

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    Train Fix Pics: Helper MC1750 leaves and goes home.

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    Train Fix Pics: NECR does the shove.

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    Train Fix Pics: Two remaining railfans waiting for eastbound CSX.

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    Train Fix Pics: Redhead wants to get going.

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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage: It's a spring thing - a May ride to the Hoosac Tunnel. Supposedly haunted, we've seen no ghosts or trains of late but it's a great ride. Below are five road pics, taken along Redemption Rock Trail (i.e., Rt 140) going north to catch the Mohawk Trail (Rt. 2) west.

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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - On The Mohawk: This is what it looks like for a lot of the Rt. 2 once you head west from Rt. 140. The road is 4-lane for a while and then squeezes into two the rest of the way to the NY border. It was a fast way to get to where I wanted to go (i.e., Mountain Road) north of Erving, MA.

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    Speed limit is 55 mph. I was running 65 in the right lane with traffic om tje fast land running as high as 75. You do need to watch your six on this road.
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